standing L-R: Jonathon Santos, Griffin Payne, Janet Hurley, Michael Beadle, Tamiko Ambrose Murray, Akua Adisa, Kneeling, L-R: Laura Boffa, Meggen Lyon
At our November teaching artist/writer training, we focused on what it means to be an AWARE teaching artist to best serve the students we'll meet. During the day, we built bridges across lines of difference. We explored our own creative paths as writers and artists, so that we may more effectively lead young young people to their own creative process, to love of reading and writing and ultimately to the development of critical literacy skills. Though not all AWITS writers were able to attend, those that did made the day exceptional.
For those who wonder what small readers think about the books they read--check this out:
Thanks to funding from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the interest from Elizabeth Turner, E.D. at Centro de Enlace, a Latino community center in Yancey County and the hard work of AWITS writer Laura Boffa and intern Valentina Stader, our first bi-lingual residency was terrific. Flip through the anthology, Cuentos de Enlace, below, by clicking on the cover image.
This summer, AWITS Writer Meggen Lyon worked with Asheville City School's Summerplus Program, based at Isaac Dickson Elementary School. Visiting the students 3 times a week for 3 weeks, she worked with teachers to create a memorable creative writing experience and an anthology!
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